Welcome to the page of the Candidates for LDIW Board of Directors 2022-2023!

The regular election to the Board of Directors are held at the LDIW Annual Conference every two years. This time we elect the Board to be on duty until the General Assembly 2024. The Board consists of 7 Regional Directors and the Head of Network.

The election will take place from 9.00 UTC 20 January to 15.00 UTC 30 January 2022. The voting will take place online. The results will be announced at the end of the LDIW General Assembly on 30 January 2022 by the Electoral Committee.

Every LDIW Member organisations has the right to vote. The Member organisations vote only for the Regional Director of its region and don’t vote for the regional directors of other regions (e.g. African Member organisations vote only for Regional Director of Africa, etc.). All Member organisations vote for the Head of the Global Network. A candidate who receives the highest number of votes for the positions, will be elected to the positions.

The invitation with the access to vote will be sent to the official representatives of the member organisations.

If you want to know the details about our voting policy, you can check it here.

If you have any questions, you can turn to the Electoral Committee at: election@ldiw.org

The Candidates

ALEJANDRA RIVERA

from

EL SALVADOR

Candidate for Regional Director of LATAM

Achievements:

I am one of the founder members of the NGO in El Salvador to work for the LDIW goals. Currently I’m the coordinator for LATAM & Caribbean region. I and my team have organized 2 leaders academy (in 2019 and 2020). I have organized 4 World Cleanup Days from 2018 to 2021. I established an alliance with the European Union in El Salvador and with this we are working together for 4 years in the process of organizing the WCD.

I established a project with Banco Davivienda to develop solid waste management in two coast communities to develop the KICP between 2019 – 2021. I am currently looking for contacts to start LDI in Guatemala and Chile. I designed the idea “Sabaditos latinos”, that was an initiative to share experiences between the leaders in the region to strengthen the abilities of the countries. It was two months during the year 2020. I spread the idea to make the LATAM communities share their knowledge with people in the region.

Motivation:

I want to be LATAM & Caribbean director to have the opportunity to develop the relationships between the leaders based on the co-creation and building bridges to build really strong NGO-s in the region based on trust and sharing the values to grow.

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BILL WILLOUGHBY

from the USA

Candidate for Regional Director of North America

Achievements:

Develop programs and systems to encourage people to join World Cleanup Day in the United States and with other LDIW members.  Actively marketed World Cleanup Day in a variety of media and social media venues since 2017.

Motivation:

Work together with the global community of organizations to keep the outdoors clean. 

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CENGIZ KASAK

from TURKEY

Candidate for Regional Director of Europe

Achievements:

My acquaintance with Let’s Do It began with my appointment as the Regional Director of Central Anatolia in Turkey. During my tenure here, I coordinated 13 provinces located in the Central Anatolia Region and organized World Cleanup Day in September 21, 2019. As of 2020, I started working as the Country Leader for Turkey. In the first year of my tenure, I organized the Digital Cleanup Movement in our country as part of World Cleanup Day because there is a curfew in Turkey in the context of pandemic conditions. In addition to carrying out digital cleanup activities for the first time in Turkey, I have ensured that the digital cleanup information presentation is spread among more than 100 institutions during this time. Finally, I have organized a cleanup movement in 81 provinces and 272 cleanup events in Turkey within the scope of World Cleanup Day on September 18, 2021.

Motivation:

I have been a member of the Let’s Do It family for more than 4 years and I have been working on organizing cleaning activities within the country. My biggest motivation is to work harder for the Let’s Do It family and to continue my work for a cleaner and more sustainable world as a Regional Director for Europe. As a youth, my belief that the world will change in a positive way is my biggest motivation to work for this global family and my studies.

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CHRISTINE SAYO OTINGA

from KENYA

Candidate for Regional Director of Africa

Achievements:

Founder of Let’s Do It Kenya. Organised 4 World Cleanup Days in Kenya with over 60,000 participants. Helped to build LDI Kenya brand among media, Government, other NGOs and UN bodies in Kenya and beyond. Part of organizing team for Lets Do It Africa meetings and webinars. Initiated campaigns on environment and waste management such as Trashpockets.

Hosted dignitaries including President of Estonia, President of Lets Do It World and Executive Director LDIW in Kenya. Named among top 100 Africans in Conservation.

Motivation:

My motivation is a united Let’s Do It Africa movement where leaders unite, support and learn from each other. I also envision a strong brand for LDI in Africa, a brand that will help LDI Africa secure fundraising and partnership opportunities with Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, UN agencies and development partners.

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FRANCISCO PIZARRO

from PANAMA

Candidate for Regional Director of LATAM

Achievements:

I have worked more than 12 years for social, youth, and environmental non-for-profit organizations and teams, in different leadership positions. I have participated in Let’s Do It Leaders Academy in 2017 in Tallin, Estonia. We organized the Regional Leaders Academy and Mentors Academy in 2018 in Panama City, bringing the country’s leaders, mentors, and global HQ team together. I have participated in 4 times/years consecutively to Let´s Do It World Conferences in Tallinn, Estonia.

I have been a country leader for the past 5 years in Panama, organizing 4 National Cleanups for #WorldCleanupDay that brought together more than 10,000 volunteers and with presence in all the 10 provinces of Panama. We have made Let´s Do It! Panamá a recognized environmental organization within the society and the environmental network. I have participated in workshops and committees that create law No. 187 of December 2020 “that regulates the progressive reduction and replacement of single-use plastics” and law No. 1, January 2018 that make Panama the first country in Central America to ban the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and commerce. I have been mentor for community leaders that participated in the local or regional teams for the national cleanups, have created their groups and taken the leadership in their communities, and have brought solutions in their communities.

Motivation:

My primary motivation is that I believe that Let´s Do It World is a unique organization that can bring real solutions to the world and to countries that can solve the environmental and social challenges that we are facing. I believe that in Latin America, now more than ever, we are in a time to stand forward and bring together citizens, communities, and transformative leaders to connect efforts, ideas, innovations, and social changes.

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HEIDI SOLBA

from ESTONIA

Candidate for Head of Global Network

Achievements:

I have developed the LDIW Network and have been leading it for the past 6 years. I do feel that I do have the trust, which is the main and most crucial component to lead the worldwide network. I do hope that the work that has been done for 6 years does speak for itself. I do have competence and experience to lead the organisation network. I do know the history, background, people and teams basically in all network countries. I contributed to strengthening existing and creating new projects as well as developed collaboration with the many global partners.

Motivation:

I am applying to fill the position with the aim to improve the process and leadership in LDIW network, to hold the energies high, to expand as much as possible and foremost to strengthen up the work with the network toward KICP plan.

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HENRY TEH KOK KHENG

from MALAYSIA

Candidate for Regional Director of Asia

Achievements:

My work is focused to develop and train teams and partners to manage projects at the national, state and local government levels. When I started managing the role as Country Leader for Malaysia, I had to spend some time to understand how WCD works in Malaysia previously. Malaysia is with 13 States (population of more than 30 million) and where some cultures and views are not the same especially when it comes to environmental, waste and cleanup issues and priorities.

After learning more of WCD, I then worked with my team to see how we can reach out more to engage with new volunteers and new partners as we also needed to bring the previous volunteers and partners back and together with WCD.

The focus is to serve and in an ideal world, it will be great to see everyone focused to doing and participating in World Cleanup Day not just on the one day cleanup activity in itself but for them to be involved in cleanup activities as part of their daily lives. In some ways, we have gotten some success with the above while we still have lots of work to do still as we are not there yet.

Motivation:

Other than to support LDIW where I am needed and where I can, I wish to see how to actualize workings further for cleanup development and activities. Have participated with COP26 recently and it is urgent for grounded and practical solutions to be deployed and sooner than later if 2030 is an important first global and collective milestone for positive improvements.

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HOLGER HOLLAND

from GERMANY

Candidate for Regional Director of Europe

Achievements:

In 2016, I met representatives of Let‘s Do It movement. As a result of this I took responsibility to lead World Cleanup Day in Germany. World Cleanup Day on 15th September 2018 was a great success worldwide. In Germany my team was able to inspire people, partners, and societies in over 125 cities to come out that day for a nation-wide cleanup.

Since the topics of sustainability and climate protection have fascinated me for a while and I ́m convinced that our generation must act now, I founded a NGO – Let‘s Do It! Germany e.V. in 2018 with a purpose to tackle the hot topics such mismanaged plastic, waste and climate change through World Cleanup Day. Since 2018, I‘ve been the president of Let’s Do It! Germany.

World Cleanup Day is not just one day for a nation-wide cleanup but looking into the future and finding the ways to create sustainable changes and innovative solutions. We have added several side projects under the World Cleanup Day umbrella for example a painting competition or our school project „WCD macht Schule“.The World Cleanup Day 2021 in Germany engaged:

  • 189.626 participants
  • 3.217 cleanups
  • 836 municipalities
 

I have been accredited as an EU Climate Pact Ambassador for Germany since 2021.

On a global level of Let’s Do It World NGO, I ́m part of the global partnership workgroup since 2019. Up from 2021 I was leading the process and team to create the new LDI World Ethical Funding Policy.

As project leader of the LDI World Annual Conference 2021 in Munich I structured the project team, the website content and its functions. I created and installed the collaboration platform and was responsible for integrating tools like Zoom, YouTube and others into the conference platform.

Motivation:

Strategic and well organized multi-project management is my daily life. I work independently but also enjoy working with a great team. As my strengths I consider a passion for the topic sustainability, my flexible and collaborative approach and great leadership skills. Concidered my experiences, passion for the topic, large network and skills that perfectly match to the expected needs, I believe I could add some value to Let’s Do It World and WCD team leading it to achieve all the goals.

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LEO (JIAN-LIANG) LIN

from TAIWAN

Candidate for Regional Director of Asia

Achievements:

I led the Taiwan team for more than five years and organized 70K+ volunteers from 100+ groups across Taiwan to clean 24 coastlines, 65 schools, and 1000+ communities. In the past five years, we obtained the leading media’s press releases in Taiwan and won Brand Audit Prize from Let’s Do It World.

Beyond my achievements for my country, I organized two Asia Leader Academies with Asia Director, Sovann Nou, and Asia Coordinator, Agustina Iskandar, to support and inspire our Asian leaders. Especially when I was in charge of seeking speakers and sponsors in 2021, I invited Dr. Niven Huang, the head of KPMG Sustainability in APAC, and several sustainable enterprises to bring new ideas for our Asian leaders. Moreover, I mingled these speakers with our leaders to seek any potential financial support or cooperation in each Asian country.

At the moment, I am helping plan the LDIW Annual Conference and have invited Dr. Niven Huang again for presenting his inspiring and new environmental issues after COVID. Meanwhile, I am connecting the Head of Global Network with the Google Chief Strategy Officer to develop a potential cooperation for Let’s Do It World.

Motivation:

After witnessing how hard the Let’s Do It Global Family struggled to survive during COVID, I was moved and inspired to dedicate myself much more for the great Let’s Do It Community. With the unquenchable enthusiasm of Let’s Do It World, I believe that I can have my friends such as Google Chief Strategy Officer to develop a global cooperation with leading sustainable enterprises such as Google. Also, after meeting with Heidi Solba, I noted that my six-year consulting experience could serve for offering strategy for both Let’s Do It World and Let’s Do It Asia.

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PAL MARTENSSON

from SWEDEN

Candidate for Regional Director of Oceania

Achievements:

I will never be a perfect candidate, sorry to say 🙂

Motivation:

I want to try to activate Oceania countries better and more intensively

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NIMA KESHAN ZARE

from IRAN

Candidate for Regional Director of West Asia

Achievements:

As a team leader, one of my biggest achievements so far has been establishing a strong network among local volunteers and NGOs as well as the private sector and relevant organisations in Iran to promote the WCD movement in the country that led to implementing the biggest environmental event in the country, WCD 2019, involving more than 215,000 participants in more than 20 out of 31 provinces.

Organising a big number of WCD-related activities and campaigns in Iran during the past 8 years, we were titled by LDIW as “the best cigaratte campaign organisers in the world” in the year 2020. I’ve also had the honour to be recognised as “the bravest leader in Let’s Do It network” in 2019. My team and I have also been successful in establishing cooperative relations with the business world and attracting well-known companies to be part of the movement and support it which has helped us to spread our message amongst society more and stronger. It is fair to say that these days, WCD is one of the most well-known environmental events in Iran!

Motivation:

Having a good understanding about various cultures of people living in the West Asian countries as well as valuable experiences in network-building and team-working. I aim to raise awareness about common problems and strengthen ties between the countries in this area to work effectively together to make positive impacts in the region by using the enormous potential of WCD. Therefore, knowing the importance of this role, I believe that in this position I can be a more effective member of LDIW network.

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